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Tech-Ed Africa 2010 gets connectedBy Tom Manners 7 October 2010 | Categories: news
Microsoft South Africa and MTN business have officially announced that they will be providing free Wi-Fi access at the upcoming Tech-Ed Africa 2010 conference in October.
The agreement will effectively see a 50 Mbps international pipe being bolted onto the side of Durban’s ICC for the duration of the event later this month.
Tech-Ed Africa 2010, Microsoft’s premier event for IT professionals and developers, runs from 17-20 October at Durban’s iconic International Conference Centre (ICC) and is expected to attract 2 500 visitors for three days of workshops, demos and insights from a number of top local and international speakers.
MTN Business’ participation means users will be able to access websites and applications using the Wi-Fi provided, as well as take part in presentations that will be done using video conferencing. Microsoft will be splitting the connectivity between free browsing and streaming international presentations.
“We’re proud to demonstrate our highly resilient, low latency technology capabilities to such a tech-savvy audience,” said Angela Gahagan, managing executive at MTN Business. “We look forward to making their experience at Tech-Ed a fantastic one.”
Tech-Ed delegates will also get the opportunity to get a hands on insight into the upcoming Windows Phone 7 and Kinect gaming system.
Katrien De Graeve, a developer evangelist at Microsoft BeLux, will also be showcasing the Windows Phone 7 platform for developers.
“I want to show all the capabilities of the phone. In these sessions, we will actually build sample applications end-to-end. After all, Tech-Ed is as much about fun as it is about learning,” said De Graeve.
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